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A third of Britons raid savings

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RR House / LADO Arquitectura e Design

first_img Lead Architect: CopyAbout this officeLADO Arquitectura e DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesResidential ArchitecturePortugalPublished on March 18, 2020Cite: “RR House / LADO Arquitectura e Design” [Casa RR / LADO Arquitectura e Design] 18 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects RR House / LADO Arquitectura e Design Photographs RR House / LADO Arquitectura e DesignSave this projectSaveRR House / LADO Arquitectura e Design Save this picture!© Francisco Nogueira+ 34Curated by Matheus Pereira Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935580/rr-house-lado-arquitectura-e-design Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935580/rr-house-lado-arquitectura-e-design Clipboard Manufacturers: Duravit, Fassa Bortolo, Stuv, THPG, Stella, Terracota do Algarve Photographs:  Francisco Nogueira Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area:  360 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Portugal “COPY” Architects: LADO Arquitectura e Design Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Year:  CopyHouses•Portugal Luis Salgado, Maria Ferreira Houses Engenharia:HidroestruturaConstrutor:Carlos FonsecaCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Francisco NogueiraRecommended ProductsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityText description provided by the architects. The privileged sea facing location was the starting point for the project of this single-family dwelling, located in a plot of land with a unique configuration and a smooth topography, with low vegetation which suddenly turns into a rocky cliff facing west to a wild beach of extraordinary beauty. The property is located in the protected area of the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina, which naturally imposed a sense of respect for the place and its natural character, which the project sought to keep as unchanged as possible.Save this picture!© Francisco NogueiraSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Francisco NogueiraWith footprint area of 260 square meters – the same of the former house, that was in a total state of disrepair – the dwelling consists of a contemporary interpretation of the vernacular architecture of the region. This intentional mimicry is materialized through a clear, white volume with a tradition roof of hand made terracotta roof tiles. The constructive solutions and the applied materials embody a simple, unpretentious and clean line design, peacefully resting on a slice of privileged nature. From the road one sees the east façade, just another house, horizontal lines with a set of contained spans, maintaining the family’s privacy in the bedrooms area, and also the entrance door integrated in a shady void.Save this picture!© Francisco NogueiraOn the opposite facade, on the contrary, the house opens generously over the landscape to the sea, through two wide openings, torn across the width of the main room and the master suite. These large glazed plans allow the surrounding nature into the house, and also to extend the functional program of the house to the outside, whenever the weather permits.Save this picture!© Francisco NogueiraThe platform and the pergola along this facade, configure the traditional porch space of rural houses in the South, which evolves throughout the day into a space for living, dining, or simply contemplating the nature. Inside, the house has a very contemporary feel arranged around the large room, which is the core space of the home, bringing together the functions of cooking, dining and living. Save this picture!© Francisco NogueiraThe open kitchen, the two-sided fireplace in the centre of the space, the large ceiling height, and the visual relationship with the outside provide a space of enormous dynamics throughout the different moments of the day. In addition to this central room, the dwelling consists of five bedrooms, three of which are en suite, a common bathroom, powder room, as well as garage and storage space. With regard to constructive solutions, emphasis is placed on the woodwork that structures the roof, and whose design seeks to balance the traditional roof construction techniques, with a new scale and spatiality, broader and more ambitious from the structural point of view, overcoming the great gap without vertical structural elements.  With regard to constructive solutions, emphasis is placed on the woodwork that structures the roof, and whose design seeks to balance the traditional roof construction techniques, with a new scale and spatiality, broader and more ambitious from the structural point of view, overcoming the great gap without vertical structural elements. Save this picture!© Francisco NogueiraAll the carpentry elements of the roof (frameworks, trusses with a singular design and lining in wooden strips), the interior doors and cabinets, painted in a light grey colour, give a particular spatiality to the common areas, be it the ground floor room or the mezzanine room, reinforcing the traditional and contemporary character of this space. The entire floor on the ground floor is made of smoothed concrete, both inside and outside, giving great continuity between the various spaces. In the attic, the floor is made of Riga wood, giving a different level of comfort to the living room, bedrooms and sanitary facilities on this floor.Save this picture!© Francisco NogueiraProject gallerySee allShow lessVerne Workspace / Verne ArquitecturaSelected ProjectsElementary School Amos / SOA ArchitektiSelected Projects Share ArchDaily 2018last_img read more

Closing date for entries to National Lottery Awards

first_imgOnline nominations and entries are straightforward and shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes each.There is no financial element to the award so don’t enter thinking you’ll get your Lottery grant topped up. Still, the winner will receive national coverage, which won’t harm their chances of securing funding from other sources. Closing date for entries to National Lottery Awards Entries for this year’s National Lottery Awards must be submitted by today. The Awards will recognise the public’s favourite Lottery funded projects, and you can enter your own project if you wish, as well as nominating that of another organisation.The Awards “celebrate the amazing impact that Lottery funding has had around the UK” and aim to highlight “some of the most inspiring people and projects” amongst the 200,000 or so projects that have received Lottery funding.Last year over 16,000 people voted for the national winners. Advertisement Tagged with: Awards  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 July 2005 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Give as you Live expands donor survey to the workplace

first_img 21% were unsure if their employer offered workplace giving schemes.The survey was conducted by Censuswide between the 21 and 24 June 2013. Data is based on responses from 1,022 people in employment in the UK.Polly Gowers, founder and CEO of Everyclick Ltd, the company behind Give as you Live, said: “It is sad that employees feel that charity giving in the workplace has taken a back seat… However, there are easy ways to encourage regular fundraising. In the digital age, CSR initiatives needn’t put pressure on people’s time but should be seen as a way to increase employee commitment and morale.”Elena Joseph, Head of New Projects at Workplace Giving UK added: “It is heartening that [employees] want to engage in giving something back at work. We have always found that the key to successful engagement with companies and their workforces is to make it as easy as possible for employees to join in.”Whether it’s using digital fundraising methods like Give as you Live, facilitating donations from pay via a Workplace Giving scheme or implementing other micro donation systems so that any employee can take part even if it’s only by giving odd pennies”.Polly Gowers will be speaking about giving in the workplace, the Donor Survey and the future of fundraising at the Institute of Fundraising National Convention on 1 July at 3pm in Meeting Room A. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 52%) of employees claim their company does not have an official charity (or charities) that they plan to support this year. Give as you Live expands donor survey to the workplace 50% of Londoners felt their company should be doing more to help; elsewhere the percentage was higher – 52% in Scotland, 56% in North East England, and 64% in Northern Ireland About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  53 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 43% of workers across the UK feel that their company should be doing more to help charities and their local community. only 41% of UK employees have taken part in charity fundraising activities at work or with colleagues. Howard Lake | 1 July 2013 | News Online fundraising service Give as you Live is extending its Donor Survey to cover giving in the workplace. The survey has already been completed by 8,000 people so this will expand its coverage.It is being carried out in partnership with Workplace Giving UK, who will use the findings with employers to help them in understanding how best to engage their workforce.Give as you Live has already conducted research into employees’ attitudes to giving. Its survey of over 1,000 people in employment found that there was a widespread belieft that employers could and should do more to help charities. The survey found that: Advertisementlast_img read more

Nashville police investigate whether spate of ‘cold-blooded’ killings are connected

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE) — An all-out manhunt is underway for two “cold-blooded killers” in a rash of deadly shootings this month in Nashville — and police are investigating whether all of the crimes are linked to the same gunmen.The latest shooting happened early Friday in the parking lot of a club on Gallatin Avenue. Four people, including Bartley Teal and Jaime Sarrantonio, had just left Cobra Nashville about 3 a.m. when two armed men approached them and announced a robbery, police said.Teal told the suspects he didn’t have anything to give, authorities said. That’s when at least one of the gunmen shot Teal — who was celebrating his 33rd birthday, police said.The suspects then fatally shot Sarrantonio, according to the Nashville Police Department.“These are just two senseless cold-blooded homicides,” Don Aaron, public affairs manager for the department, said at a news conference Friday.The other two people with Teal and Sarrantonio — a 34-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman — were not injured, police said.The suspects fled in a small Chevrolet vehicle with some of the victims’ belongings, Aaron said. They dumped the items in an alley on 23rd Avenue North, a location the killers may be familiar with, he added.The belongings have been recovered and are being processed for clues, police said.The killing of Teal and Sarrantonio has led police to investigate whether the suspects are responsible for other shootings in the city earlier this month.One of them occurred early Tuesday on Alta Loma Road. Kendall Rice, 31, was waiting for a bus there to go to work at Vanderbilt Medical Center when, at about 5 a.m., two suspects tried to rob him, police said.The gunmen, who used a vehicle similar to the one used in the Friday killings, shot him to death too, police said.The police department “has not ruled out” that the people who killed Teal and Sarrantonio are the same people who killed Rice, Aaron said.The suspects may be responsible for yet another shooting, police said. A woman was shot in the back while walking her dog on Aug. 8, according to ABC affiliate WKRN-TV in Nashville.The getaway vehicle in that shooting was also a dark-colored Chevrolet sedan, police said.The unidentified victim was seriously injured but survived the shooting, the station reported.“At this time, we aren’t ruling anything out,” Aaron said. “Anything is a possibility and everything is on the table.”Aaron urged witnesses — as well as anyone who may have spoken to the suspects — to come forward.“Frequently these suspects involved in crimes like these talk — talk amongst themselves,” Aaron added. “They talk amongst their friends. They talk amongst their associates.”He said the department, working in conjunction with other jurisdictions, had officers throughout Nashville looking for “two cold-blooded killers who obviously have no respect” for “the sanctity of human life.”“We know that Nashville wants to join the police department in getting these people into custody,” he said. “We know that Nashville neighborhoods throughout the city want to help us in getting these two killers off the street.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Calls to defund police shine light on the school-to-prison pipeline

first_imgSDI Productions/iStockBy ELLA TORRES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As calls to defund police departments in the United States continue to spread in the wake of George Floyd’s death, an offshoot message has gained traction as well: remove officers from schools.Several districts around the country have either severed ties or considered severing ties with law enforcement amidst the protests, including Minneapolis, where Floyd died.Those in support of the idea say that police in schools have strengthened the school-to-prison pipeline — a concept that suggests when police are in schools, there is an increase of criminalization or severity in student discipline.Denise C. Gottfredson, a criminal justice and criminology professor at the University of Maryland, whose research has focused on the effects of school environments on youth behavior, told ABC News that police presence in schools became more prominent beginning in the 1990s.At that time, juvenile crime had increased.“The idea was to increase school safety. … The result has been an increase in the severity of responses to behavior in the past that would have been handled more informally by school administrators,” Gottfredson said.Yet crime among juveniles has steadily decreased from 2008 to 2018, the most recent data on juvenile arrests, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.In 2008, the arrests of juveniles anywhere in the U.S. totaled nearly two million. As of 2018, there were an estimated 728,280 arrests.Nationally, school crime rates have also decreased since the early 1990s, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.Police, though, still remain in schools. As of 2018, an analysis from the Urban Institute found that more than two-thirds of high school students had attended a school with a police officer present, and that schools with a substantial amount of black or Hispanic students have officers in schools at a higher rate than schools with few black and Hispanic students.The incidence of those attending schools with officers is highest with 25-50% black or Hispanic population, compared to less than 10% (53%), the Urban Institute said, citing U.S. Department of Education data from 2013-’14. And the rate of officers in schools is highest in the Southeast.Some disciplines — which in most cases disproportionately affect black, brown and disabled students — have increased, according to the most recent data.During the 2013 to 2014 school year, 44,370 public school students were involved in school-related arrests, according to the Civil Rights Data Collection.That number rose to 51,780 students during the 2015 to 2016 school year, the next available school year and most recent public data.Black students made up 36% of those arrests and white students made up 33%, despite black students making up a smaller percentage of the overall student population (15% and 49% respectively).There were also tremendous regional disparities in arrests. In 2015-’16, Texas, a state of 28 million, arrested 4,400 Hispanic and 2,008 black students, compared to 918 white students, according to the data. New York, a state of 19 million, by contrast, arrested 73 Hispanic students, 214 black students and 311 white students, the data showed.Gottfredson said it is not just arrests that exacerbate the school-to-prison pipeline. Suspensions and expulsions can be detrimental.“It’s known that when students leave school due to either drop out or suspensions and expulsions, they’re much more likely to be arrested and to get involved in the criminal justice system,” Gottfredson said.Students suspended or expelled for a discretionary violation are nearly three times more likely to be in contact with the juvenile justice system the following year, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.Gottfredson called expulsions and suspensions “one of the mechanisms through which police and ‘zero-tolerance policies’ push kids out of schools and into more a criminal lifestyle.”“Minorities are more likely to receive those harsh responses and that results in long-term poor academic outcomes because as students lose time to expulsion and suspension, they get farther and farther behind,” she added.Though expulsions have decreased in recent years, during the 2015 to 2016 school year, 46% of black students had more than one out of school suspension compared to 26% of white students.Gottfredson said there are other ways to reduce crime in schools, including involving teachers and students in the process of defining rules, that don’t involve officers.Not everyone agrees.The National Association of School Resource Officers claims that for every dollar invested in a (school resource officer) SRO program in Peel, Canada, a minimum of $11.13 of social and economic value was created.Other benefits the association cited included preventing or minimizing property damage on schools, reducing the school’s need to call 911 and reducing the likelihood that a student will get a criminal record. The association trains officers to go into schools.Mo Canady, the executive director of the association, recently spoke to retired San Francisco Deputy Chief Jim Dudley for the podcast “Policing Matters” and said that school resource officers should not be done away with. Canady also said that he didn’t understand why now the conversation was coming up.“I haven’t been able to get a solid answer from anyone as to why, why now, and what’s beginning to come to light is it was just a convenient opportunity with what happened in Minneapolis a little over two weeks ago and it’s really sad,” Canady said.School districts have begun to sever ties with police since the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody. His death has sparked worldwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.In Minneapolis, the school board unanimously voted to terminate its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department.The Seattle Public Schools Board said the district will temporarily cut ties with the Seattle Police Department for one year, according to ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO-TV.The superintendent of Portland Public School, Guadalupe Guerrero, announced that he was discontinuing the regular presence of school resource officers.“We need to re-examine our relationship with PPB [Portland Police Bureau],” Guerrero wrote on Twitter.For those who have long questioned the presence of police in schools, it’s a step forward.“If you look at the research on police in schools, that research is very clear that adding police in schools doesn’t increase school safety,” Gottfredson said. “If anything, it makes things worse.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

CWU to provide diversity training for its reps

first_imgCWU to provide diversity training for its repsOn 26 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is to make equality and diversitytraining a condition of becoming a union representative. The union is to spend £300,000 on putting its 6,000 reps through a one-dayequality and diversity training course to help them understand the culture andbeliefs of the staff they represent. The CWU decided to ensure all its union representatives go throughequalities training after experiencing diversity problems at the troubled RoyalMail Group which led to a bullying and harassment culture. These were highlighted earlier this year when the struggling firm, which islosing more than £1m a day, admitted that racist managers led a black postmanto commit suicide. Billy Hayes, general secretary at the CWU, believes that if union reps havea better understanding of different cultures and beliefs, they can help todefuse potential problems. “They (union representatives) are a volunteer army so we want to lookat training for them. Royal Mail Group is a labour-intensive industry so thereis always going to be tension and conflict, but it is how you manage it and geton to a similar agenda that we are looking to address,” he said. “It is important that union reps know how important it is to have agood, safe workplace. Royal Mail Group is already broadly reflective of thecommunity and diversity awareness becomes more important with more women andethnic minorities entering the workforce.” CWU has 3,000 union reps in the Royal Mail Group. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Pre-natal investment in reproduction by female Antarctic fur seals

first_imgMaternal investment, in terms of pup birth mass, in gestation by Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) was related to the date of birth in two consecutive years. There were significant differences in birth mass between years and between the sexes within years. Birth mass was used to calculate the mean energetic cost of producing a pup to parturition. The cost for a male pup in 1986 was 173 MJ while it was 191 MJ in 1987. For female pups the cost was 152 and 166 MJ in 1986 and 1987 respectively. Given the probable pattern of foetal growth, this constitutes a minimum of 5–15% of the maternal energy budget in the final months of gestation. Birth mass varied inversely with date of birth, but more strongly for male than for female pups. The sex ratio at birth was unity in both years and this did not vary with time through the birth season. In a subsample of mothers (n=79) which were captured on the day of birth, there was a decline in the body mass and standard length with date of birth. Male birth mass was directly related to maternal mass and maternal condition (mass/length) but there was no significant relationship for females. These results suggest that the growth of male foetuses is limited by maternal resources while female foetuses do not exploit fully maternal resources.last_img read more

UK: HMS Dragon Leaves BAE Systems Clyde Yard

first_img View post tag: yard View post tag: BAE Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: Leaves Dragon, the fourth Type 45 anti-air warfare destroyer built by BAE Systems​ for the Royal Navy, has set sail from the Clyde for the final time today. Dragon set off from the company’s Scotstoun yard this morning, with a combined BAE Systems and Royal Navy crew, as she embarked on the journey to her new home port of Portsmouth. The vessel will be formally handed over to the Royal Navy at a ceremony on Wednesday 31 August. Despite the early start, around 100 employees came to watch as the ship they have worked on since in December 2005 made its final journey down the Clyde.Angus Holt, UK Programmes Director at BAE Systems Surface Ships, said: “Watching Dragon leave the Clyde is a proud moment for everyone involved, as we reflect on our achievements in delivering these advanced warships to the Royal Navy. Our team on the Clyde is focused on delivering Defender and Duncan, the fifth and sixth ships in the class to the same exceptionally high standard as their predecessors. Marking a shift in the balance, our engineers in Portsmouth will now work alongside the Royal Navy in Portsmouth to deliver support services to four ships, using the knowledge developed during the design and build programme.”Commanding Officer Darren Houston, said: “Dragon is in top condition for the rigours of the next stage of her sea trials and the challenges ahead. This has only been possible through the hard work and support we have received from BAE Systems, its sub-contractors and the local Scotstoun community. The Royal Navy operates as a force for good, contributing to the security of the UK, the prevention of conflict and the promotion of our national interests in the wider world. Dragon is eager to play her part and start operating the newest and most advanced warship in the world. In a continuing effort to improve the Type 45 class, the Royal Navy and BAE Systems have worked in close partnership to make Dragon the best of her class, ready to fight and win.”BAE Systems is on track to deliver all six Type 45 destroyers to the Royal Navy by early 2013. Defender is currently undergoing final stages of outfit and will head to sea for the first time in November, while outfit and commissioning continues on Duncan, the sixth and final vessel in the class, following her launch in October 2010. Duncan will commence her first stage sea trials in the first half of 2012.As Class Output Manager for the fleet, BAE Systems also provides in-service support to the Type 45 destroyers. Working side by side with the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Naval Base, the company’s engineers coordinate all aspects of repair, maintenance and support to improve ship availability and reduce through life support costs. The company recently supported HMS Dauntless during her warm weather trials off the US coast with the first of class, HMS Daring, receiving a capability upgrade and HMS Diamond achieving her Initial Operating Capability following extensive trials.The Type 45s will provide the backbone of the UK’s naval air defences for the next 30 years and beyond. The destroyers will be capable of carrying out a wide range of operations, including anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, disaster relief work and surveillance operations as well as high intensity war fighting.Each destroyer will be able to engage a large number of targets simultaneously, and defend aircraft carriers or groups of ships, such as an amphibious landing force, against the strongest future threats from the air. The vessels will contribute a specialist air warfare capability to worldwide maritime and joint operations until 2040.[mappress]Source: baesystems, August 30, 2011; UK: HMS Dragon Leaves BAE Systems Clyde Yard View post tag: Dragon View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS View post tag: Naval August 30, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Dragon Leaves BAE Systems Clyde Yard View post tag: Systems View post tag: Clyde View post tag: UK Share this articlelast_img read more

NEAR AND DEER: WATCH OUT FOR COLLISIONS!

first_imgNEAR AND DEER: WATCH OUT FOR COLLISIONS!Tyrades! by Danny Tyree“Guess who I ran into today?”Ironically, such inane, non-urgent text messages are at the root of many of the more than one million motorist/deer collisions that occur in the U.S. each year.According to “The Washington Post,” more than 200 human deaths arise from those wrecks. The “Post” says deer kill more Americans than any other animal. (“Yeah, but we ferrets commit more identity theft. Booyah!”)Deer are beautiful creatures and a valuable part of the ecosystem, but they can be infuriatingly unpredictable. The John Deere Company has long used its iconic deer logo and the “Nothing runs like a Deere” slogan to sell its tractors and mowers. But a more comprehensive slogan about the woodland creatures would have been “Nothing runs, then freezes, then doubles back, then stares, then leaps across the interstate like a deer.”My family once had a particularly intelligent cat named Jasmine, who went cold turkey on crossing the road after witnessing her daughter being clobbered by a vehicle. It would be wonderful if deer could put two and two together and remember to profit from the mistakes of their species. But they’re like goldfish with antlers. (“Say, do you remember Buck? You know, he tried crossing this very intersection and was struck by seven 18-wheelers. I wonder whatever became of good ol’ Buck?”)According to State Farm Insurance, the average claim for a deer collision is around $4,000. In many states, such collisions are an integral part of the economy. (“Put your head through the windshield, put the body shop guy’s kids through college. Circle of life.”)Various plans have been devised for getting the number of accidents down. Then the insurance companies would be free to cut the premiums. (Talk about a “deer in the headlights” look from the insurance industry!)Deer can be a problem at any time, but especially during mating season (October-December). The roads would certainly be safer if we could find some way to dampen the passion. (One of my co-workers suggested flying over the forest and dropping marriage licenses, mortgages and tuition bills.)Of course a lot of the problem comes from our hectic modern lifestyle, where we feel we must barrel down country roads at 60 miles per hour. We need to stop and smell the roses, although they distinctly smell like deer urine this time of year.I’ve been reading about the growing use of medical marijuana for pets. Maybe it could help keep deer off the roadways. (“Whoa! Who needs that grass on the other side of the road when I’ve got THIS state-sanctioned grass?”)Public service announcements implore drivers to wear seatbelts, observe “Deer Crossing” signs, avoid texting and other distractions and make judicious use of the high beams. Easier said than done. Most Americans think “defensive driving” means saying, “I have not gone back to gambling. None of your business where I go every night.I still have my paycheck right here in my wallet and…AIIIIEEEE!”Motorists are advised that it’s better to go ahead and strike a deer rather than swerving and possibly hitting a utility pole or another vehicle. In this sense, deer are seen as expendable, sort of like congressional Republicans.Stay mindful of the deer population. I recommend watching the motorcycle epic “When Harley Met Sally.” And let’s not forget the stoner comedy “Dude, Where’s My Hindquarters?”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more